[Daily article] December 30: William Borah

William Borah (1865–1940) was an outspoken Republican United States
Senator from the state of Idaho. A progressive who served in the Senate
from 1907 until his death, he is often considered an isolationist. He
reluctantly voted for U.S. entry into World War I in 1917 and, once the
war ended, fought successfully against Senate ratification of the Treaty
of Versailles, which would have made the U.S. part of the League of
Nations. Remaining a maverick, he often fought with the Republican
presidents in office between 1921 and 1933, though Coolidge offered to
make Borah his running mate in 1924. Deprived of his post as Chairman of
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when the Democrats took control
in 1933, Borah supported some New Deal legislation, but opposed other
proposals. In his final years, he felt he might be able to settle
differences in Europe by meeting with Hitler; though he did not go, this
has not enhanced his historical reputation. His statue, presented by the
state of Idaho in 1947, stands in the National Statuary Hall Collection.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Wars of the Roses: Richard, Duke of York, was killed in the
Battle of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England, and his army was


War of 1812: British forces captured Buffalo, New York, and
engaged in considerable plundering and destruction.


The All-India Muslim League, a political party in British India
that developed into the driving force behind the creation of Pakistan as
a Muslim state on the Indian subcontinent, was founded in Dhaka.


The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation was established to
consolidate criminal investigation and intelligence into a single


Pro-government counter-demonstrators held rallies in several
Iranian cities in response to recent anti-government protests held on
the holy day of Ashura.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

cognate accusative:
(grammar) An object of kindred sense or derivation; specifically, that
which may adverbially follow an intransitive verb (for example, the word
death in “to die the death”).

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Skepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday, prepared the way for
the faith of tomorrow.  
–Romain Rolland

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